I have an extraordinary level of respect for first responders. They often combine two unique attributes, the immediate ability and courage to respond in crisis. It takes both to be effective. First, without courage nothing will happen. Second, without the ability, even if something happens little if anything positive will come from the attempt. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to sit and talk with many first responders. If there is common thread among them, it is a pervasive attitude of humbleness. They know courage is required. They understand that there are special skills involved in the role. Yet, there is something more. In a crisis it is never about one, everything involves at least two and often many more.
In an old story, a traumatic event unfolded that left one person blind. The first responders “had to take him by the hand and lead him into Damascus. He continued blind for three days.” (Acts 9.8) The immediate has been resolved. What followed was unknown.
That is the way it is for first responders. It is all about the now, not the tomorrow. Does saving a life help others? Will those that benefit realize the gift they received? Will happens next?
I sense God asking you and me to step up into the role as first responders. In our cases, it is not about fires or hospital emergencies. In our cases, we are called to step in when compassion is the solution, mercy the answer. When individuals struggle with a sense of belonging, we can be part of an accepting community. When there are those desperate for conversation, we can start a dialogue. Even in times where one just needs a companion to share the journey, we can take a walk.
The calling may sound easy but it will take courage and the willingness to face criticism. Acting will not come naturally; the Spirit's mentorship will be crucial. It is a calling that demands our best. It is an opportunity that comes with today's dawn. It is a challenge worthy of our best.
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